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Heat in the Kitchen

So yeah. farmersdotter has been playing in the kitchen. Experimenting with heat. You know the saying: ‘If you can’t handle the heat’. Well, she won’t get out of the kitchen. She is in there; eyes watering, tongue burning, and pots bubbling brewing up some artery clearing concoctions all containing habanero chilis. To put things into perspective the habanero chili is rated 200,000–350,000 on the Scoville scale. That is somewhere between frickin’ hot and OMG!

Scoville Scale
Scoville Scale

From a blackened couldron farmersdotter decants a caramelized peach and habanero slurry. We think it may be a jam. Or a meat rub. Whatever. Its heat is remarkably suited as a cheese cake topping or an ice cream melt kind of thing. Very versatile but hot. Truth be told the ‘jam’ was made without the seeds. Inside the seed is where the real heat resides.

Peach Habanero
Peach Habanero

“Can you imagine the heat if you left the seeds in” I exclaimed, wiping the sweat from my bald pate. farmersdotter’s grin assumes an evil posture. “Oh, just you wait” she says as she reveals a confection she innocently calls Habanero and Pepita Seed Brittle. “Try this my pretty…”

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Your Renovation Ideas Welcome

So here is the problem. We are are about to move into a farm house that has been scabbed onto and improved upon over the years by a series of well meaning owners and well meaning neighbours who possessed little working knowledge of local building codes. They regarded local building codes as something that, well those local codes really don’t apply out here in the district… “So yeah. Thats not gonna go anywhere… Should hold. Okay. See ya!…”  Purchasing ‘as is, where is’ is something you must be comfortable with when acquiring a farm property.

For the benefit of farmersdotter, the following photos were taken prior to us moving in and consequently we can not accept responsibility for their content.

As you can see from the photo below there is no provision for exhausting steam and fumes from the stove:

Stove
Stove

To complicate matters the floor beneath has eight inches or so clearance which prevents access for a downdraft unit. Your Renovation Ideas Welcome.

There are two hideous support posts in the living area that define what once must have been an exterior wall:

Support Posts
Support Posts

I am hoping to have these removed by installing an engineered beam. Your Renovation Ideas Welcome.

Lastly, for now, every window and door in the house should be replaced:

Exterior
Exterior

I plan to preserve the old units for posterity but they provide no benefit to a 21st century home renovation. Your Renovation Ideas Welcome… Please.